About John Edward Erickson
John Edward Erickson (March 14, 1863 – May 25, 1946) was an American politician of the Democratic Party from Montana.
He was born the son of E. Erickson and Olene Alma Erickson in Stoughton, Wisconsin. He later lived in Kansas. He graduated from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas in 1890; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1891 at Eureka, Kansas. He began practicing law in Choteau, Montana in 1893. He served as county attorney of Teton County from 1897 to 1905, then judge of the eleventh judicial district of Montana from 1905 to 1915 until he resumed the practice of law at Kalispell, Montana in 1916.
A Democrat, he served as the eighth Governor of Montana from January 4, 1925 to 1933 and then on March 13, 1933 appointed himself to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Thomas J. Walsh. Having lost the Democratic primary the following year, he served until November 6, 1934 when a successor was elected. He resumed the practice of law in Helena, Montana until his death in 1946, aged 83.
Erickson is buried in Kalispell, Montana.